What We Work For
We use the pediatric well-child visit to unite doctor and family to collectively support a child’s healthy development.
The first three years of a child’s life builds the foundation for life-long health and wellness, educational achievement, and economic security. In particular, social and emotional development in these years is paramount. Pediatric well-child visits currently support physical health and cognitive development of young children. However, given the universal nature of well-child visits, they also present an opportunity to set a course for conversations and interactions between parents and children to foster emotional connection and support the well-being of the child and their family.
How We Do It
Well-child visits take place during a time when families are available, engaged, and open to new ideas that promote their children’s healthy development.
The Pediatrics Supporting Parents project encourages health providers and parents to use well-child visits as a springboard for the child’s future healthy development. We see this as an opportunity for discussing ideas that foster emotional connections and support the well-being of the child and family. We aim to enhance the standard of care in pediatric well-child visits and underscore three basic outcomes: children’s social and emotional development, the parent-child bond, and parental mental health.
We are working to transform the pediatric well-visit so that, in addition to standard care, it centers and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children.